The California Wine Club
Tasting Notes: The Cienega Valley in San Benito County is not the first place that comes to mind when thinking of serious Riesling, nor is the notion of “old vines” often mentioned when discussing the local version, but this expressive effort testifies to the worth of both. One of winemaker Ryan Stirm’s chief concerns is that Riesling reveal a sense of place, and there is no question but that his Wirz Vineyard bottlings speak with a different voice than their slightly sleeker and brighter mates from the Kick-On site. Both the 2015 and 2016 offerings are fuller and a bit riper in tone and give play to the variety’s complexing grapefruit and petrol-like terpene traits while retaining a certain dry, fruity richness, and, while each is impressive, this one wins the nod as the deeper, more continuous of the two. 91 Points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, September 2018 Final Blend: 100% Riesling Case Production: Only 117 cases produced Hold Time: Enjoy now Alcohol by Volume: 12.7% Cheers to another unique wine club find!